Monday, May 18, 2015

Is Your Body Absorbing Nutrients?

How do you know if your body is absorbing the nutrients from the food you are eating? Did you think that your body my have an allergy to some foods without you knowing it that may be the culprit for other major issues in your health ? Knowing what is working WITH your body in terms of food choices can make all the difference when creating a plan for your meals and nutritional intake.
Below is a very MODIFIED and to the point list of symptoms that may be a direct correlation to food sensitivity issues!

1. Gas
2. Bloating
3. Indigestion
4. Headaches
5. Acne
6. Heart palpitations
7. Fatigue
8. Inability to lose or gain weight

Looking at that list I am pretty sure we can all agree that this list has at least ONE symptom we all suffer from on a daily basis! So there is a few ways to figure out your sensitivity issues. One way is a Skin prick test which is checking for a specific, fast-acting, potentially life-threatening reaction but this is not the ONLY way nor is it the best way.
Many of the above symptoms occur over time, they are chronic and tend to linger around.They are driven by a different type of immune reaction and require a different course of evaluation.The next step is a blood test for food sensitivity. These tests evaluate for non life-threatening, chronic, slow-to-develop symptoms that seem to be so many other things besides a reaction to a food. The two most common blood tests for food sensitivity are the ELISA and the ALCAT.
-The ELISA test measures a type of immune molecule called IgG. It quantifies the amount of antibody your immune system makes to dozens and dozens of different foods.
-The ALCAT measures the amount of immune cell activity against a large list of foods.
When looking at the test, the results help to identify foods that show up really strong on the test which means a high sensitivity to that particular food.Most common allergenic foods like gluten, dairy or eggs show up the strongest or you can have a mild-to-moderate reaction. And finally a combination of the two can be found.
The next recommendation is a 30 day elimination diet of foods that popped up in conjunction with gut restoration. Gut restoration calms the immune system and heals leaky gut. You then have a clean slate to determine what your true sensitivities are and what were a consequence of leaky gut or other issues like infection or autoimmune disorders like I have.

By systematically adding foods back in, one at a time, four days apart, your body will let you know what it is sensitive to. Delayed reactions can take 72 hours to manifest, hence the gap in reintroduction and why ferreting out sensitivity can be so tricky without some type of an elimination diet.
You need to be very aware of your body and how you feel. The best way is to keep a food journal. Elimination diets are designed to reintroduce foods. I found out a few foods that I have an aversion to just by doing the elimination diet. I first cut out diary, then gluten, and then some veggies. I was having a hard time with certain foods which I was able to eliminate and narrow it down to make my gut feel 100% better !!

I also make it a point to do a cleanse every 90 days. It's more of a preventative measure to ensure that I am ridding my body of toxic wastes that cause stomach problems. I do the 10 day AdvoCare Cleanse which is only for 10 days. It combines a fiber drink and probiotics to your NORMAL diet and it is not a juice or fasting cleanse. It is mild and uneventful which is what most people are scared of when they hear the words "cleanse". If you would like more information on this please visit
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